BBQ buttered turkey

BBQ buttered turkey

Turkey is really good grilled. There’s a trick to getting it juicy and savory every time; inject butter. It really improves the turkey, which sometimes can come across as a bit dry.

Servings 4
Cook Time 3 hours
Start the grill 30 minutes


  • 1 turkey (9 lbs)
  • 3 tbsp your favorite bbq rub
  • 2 oz butter


  • 3 small carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 5 oz bacon strips
  • 2 cups cooking cream
  • 0.5 apple (peeled and pitted)
  • 2 tbsp cognac
  • salt, pepper


  • Rinse the turkey with cold water, and pat it dry with a paper towel. Rub the whole bird with the bbq rub.
  • Melt the butter in a pan until it is runny. Let it cool off for a few minutes.
    Injector needles
  • Fill a marinade injector with the butter, and inject in the breasts, thighs and wings. Inject in a virtual grid with 1 inch distance between the holes. Push the needle down, and start injecting butter when you slowly pull it back up.
    Turkey ready for butter injection
  • Grab a large aluminum pan and put the carrots, bacon and onion in it. It shall be placed underneath the grate and the turkey. It will collect juices and fat dripping from the bird.
    Turkey gravy pan
  • When the turkey is prepared, fire up your grill, have it running on indirect heat at around 140° C / 280° F. I add 1-2 chunks of cherry wood to the fire for a little smoke flavor. A turkey this size takes approximately 2.5 hours to cook. When the turkey has reached 70° C / 158 ° F internal temperature (make sure you check in several spots), remove it from the grill and let it rest while you make the sauce.
    Turkey on the grate, with gravy drip pan


  • Scrape off everything in the aluminum except the bacon, and place it in a sauce pan.
    Turkey gravy material
  • Add the cream, cognac and apple, and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Pour everything into a blender, and blend well. Pour the sauce back into the sauce pan, and add salt and pepper to taste.
    BBQ Turkey with mash and gravy

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